Douglas S. Durkee

Jul 01, 2019
Douglas Durkee

Hope — Douglas S. Durkee, 93, moved to his heavenly home Wednesday, June 26, 2019, surrounded by the family he loved dearly.

Born in Islesboro Aug. 14, 1925, he was the seventh of eight sons born to George Adelbert and Jennie (Jenkins) Durkee. He graduated from Islesboro High School, and after service in the Navy he earned a private pilot’s license. He worked at Alford Lake Jersey Farm in Hope and Grant's Dairy in Rockland. After leaving Grant's Diary, he and wife Connie started the Alford Lake Boarding Home in Hope, an assisted living facility they operated for 12 years.

Douglas was a longtime member of the South Hope Community Church and served in several roles at the church and South Hope Christian School. He had a heart for service. His favorite role was that of bus driver for school sporting events. He enjoyed the young people and the free meals given to bus drivers.

Predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Constance (Connie); his daughter Karen Robbins; a son-in-law, Wesley Perry; and his brothers Wentworth, Clifton, Robert, Donald and Charles; Douglas is survived by his children Marcia Perry of Waldo, Georgia Hill and her husband, Allen, of Rockland, Eva Cookson and her husband, Albert, of Carmel, Douglas Durkee and his wife, Janis, of Greenville, S.C., Ethan Loren Durkee and his wife, Christina, of Hope; many nieces and nephews; numerous grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and two brothers, George and Gerald.

Visiting hours will be 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 1, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, at South Hope Community Church, 142 Main St., (Route 17), Hope. Burial will follow at the Hope Grove Cemetery Extension in Hope.

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